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LAst Night's Action: Angels Swept

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Chicago White Sox defeat LA Angels 1-0. There were no delays in the White Sox four-game sweep over the Angels. Ervin Santana (8-7) pitched a spectacular game against the Sox save for the first inning where he hit lead-off hitter Juan Pierre with a pitch. After Alex Rio’s double sent Pierre to third, Paul Konerko hit a sacrifice fly to score Pierre. Santana blanked the South-Siders the rest of the afternoon giving up only two more hits and three walks for the rest of the game. But Sox starter John Danks (8-7) did him one-better pitching a complete game shutout. In fact he had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning went Reggie Willits punched a single to left field to lead off the inning. Howie Kendrick lined a single to center, but that was it. Danks completely shut them down to get the sweep.

LA Dodgers defeat Chicago Cubs 3-2. Read my recap of the game.

NOTABLE NOTES

KINGS INVADE DODGER STADIUM. For Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cub, the Dodgers will host LA Kings Night where Kings’ fans can sit in the Dodgertown section. Fans who sit in this section will receive Kings t-shirts and all-you-can-eat offerings of pastrami sandwiches, kettle-style potato chips and kosher pickles.

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Kings’ captain Dustin Brown and assistant captain Matt Greene will be on hand to throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Also on hand is the mascot Bailey and the Kings Ice Crew. Daryl Evans, Ian Turnbell, Jamie Storr and Brad Norton will be in the Dodgertown section signing autographs.

Unfortunately free-agent extraordinaire Ilya Kovalchuk will not be on hand.

THE CROWNLESS KING SAGA. Much to my surprise, I didn’t have to pack myself into the Dodger Stadium press box dining room to watch “The Decision.” Apparently LeBron James’ decision carried enough gravitas for the Dodgers to show everything up to his actual decision live on DodgerVision complete with audio as the Chicago Cubs were taking batting practice on the field. So he’s going to the Miami Heat which is what Newsday’s Alan Hahn and ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported late last night. Fine. But the way everything transpired has left me quite speechless. Thankfully Deadspin’s Drew Magary ever so eloquently wrote down everything for me .

Afterwards, Cleveland Cavalier’s owner Dan Gilbert had some strong words also complete with Comic Sans font!

TONIGHT’S ACTION

LA Angels (46-42) at Oakland Athletics (41-45). Joel Pineiro (9-6, 3.96 ERA) vs. Vin Mazzaro (4-2, 3.81 ERA). 7:05 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.

Chicago Cubs (38-48) at LA Dodgers (47-38). Ted Lilly (3-7, 3.76 ERA) vs. Chad Billingsley (6-4, 4.06 ERA). 7:10 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.